How to win a match in Kirby's Dream Buffet

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Want a sweet victory in Kirby's Dream Buffet? The new battle royale game is harder than it may look. Therefore, you'll want all the help you can get to win a match in Kirby's Dream Buffet. It'll make the ultimate satisfaction of getting a victory even better!

In this Kirby's Dream Buffet guide, we'll break down how to win a game. That includes a rundown of how each match is structured, as well as details on the various round types you'll have to get through in order to claim a victory.

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How do I win a match in Kirby's Dream Buffet?

The premise of winning a game in Kirby's Dream Buffet is simple. By the time the final round is over and each player's version of Kirby is placed on the scales, yours needs to be the heaviest of all.

To do that, you need to consume more strawberries than anybody else in the lobby. These are the small collectibles littered around each course, which you'll naturally pick up as you go. There tends to be a range of strawberries across different parts of each course, with more strawberries dotted along perilous paths. Only elite Kirby's Dream Buffet players will be able to round all of those up without falling off.

Equally, once you finish a round you get a strawberry bonus based on where you place. The first to arrive at the finish line can dive into a mound of 50 strawberries, second place getting 20, and third place getting 10. If you came fourth, you sadly don't get that bonus.

Your job will be to consistently collect high yields of strawberries throughout rounds and in the final battle royale stage, to put yourself in the best position for the final weigh-in. That weigh-in also gives bonus strawberries for a few specific accolades, including the player who spent the longest time floating, whoever collected the most cherries, and so on. As such, there are plenty of weights to collect more strawberries and hopefully win!

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Kirby's Dream Buffet rounds explained

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Each match of Kirby's Dream Buffet consists of four rounds. Unlike other battle royale games such as Fall Guys, you continue playing through all of them even if you're in last position. Yes, you don't get eliminated at any point, but instead will just get a worse final ranking.

The first round of each match is always a flat-out race. This involves you navigating winding paths and hopping over obstacles while the three other competitors also vie for top spot. Along the way you'll collect power-ups that can set you into a burst of flame, or even turn you into jelly to warp through obstacles.

The second round tends to be a short 30-second collectible level. In these top-down sequences you and the other competitors are in a much smaller arena, with strawberries and power-ups falling from the sky. It's more of a bonus level to break up the time between races, but gives you a good chance to get extra strawberries to boost your ranking.

That's then followed by a third round that is usually just another of the various race courses. It's the fourth and final level that is more substantial: another battle royale mode with a time limit of 70 seconds rather than 30.

Equally in this variant, you can knock enemy players out of the zone, causing them to lose between 15-20 strawberries, and several seconds as they respawn. Of course, you can also be knocked out too, so things become very intense.

Manage to get through that final round with the most strawberries of all, and victory in Kirby's Dream Buffet will be yours. As you progress through the game you unlock new rounds too, though the structure of each one remains the same. Instead, it just changes the design and some paths.

That's it for our look at how to win a match in Kirby's Dream Buffet! It won't be straightforward, but getting your first victory is a very satisfying feeling. While you're here, feel free to also read up on whether the new game has a single player component.